Keeping the meals moving

May 09, 2018

Community focus: Lizette Mezenberg, Wendy Farrell, Tracy Simpkin, Lorraine Northeast and Michael Hogan

Meals on Wheels is benefiting from the kind support of Cobram’s Bendigo Bank, receiving $880 to help buy a new Esky.

‘‘Every year we do an Easter raffle or Mother’s Day raffle and the whole idea is that the money will remain in Cobram and will benefit the community,’’ Bendigo Bank branch manager Tracy Simpkin said.

‘‘It’s great. A lot of the employees here buy tickets and the total monies raised came to be $880, which is a pretty standard amount for these raffles.

‘‘We always encourage members of the community to bank with us because they can flag their account to the Cobram Community Enterprise and the idea of the raffle is just an extension of that, really — putting money back into the community,’’ she said.

The community enterprise fund offers grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations to benefit the Cobram and district community.

In the past 10 years, the program has raised more than $500000, with some going towards major community projects such as the library and new cinema, as well as smaller projects.

MHA Care chief executive Michael Hogan said the money would be used to buy a new Esky, purpose-built to maintain food for long car trips, crucial for Meals on Wheels.

‘‘This kind donation from Bendigo Bank will go a long way towards buying a brand new Esky and hopefully put us in a position to buy a second one down the track as well,’’ he said.

‘‘The ones we have now are five or six years old and in need of replacing, so this will make a big difference.’’

The special Esky needed was worth between $500 and $600.

In the past year alone, 120 Cobram Meals on Wheels volunteers have delivered 7002 main meals to 101 customers, so the new Esky will be put to good use.

Cobram Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Lorraine Northeast said the service was not only a food provider, but also served as a community connection for those the service visited.

‘‘The service supports people to be independent, which is really important,’’ she said.

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